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Pure Hoppiness - Alpine Beer Company

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2,147 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,147
Reviews: 663
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 8.45%
Wants: 1,232
Gots: 184 | FT: 12
Brewed by:
Alpine Beer Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: xlperro on 12-18-2002

This brew uses several varieties and multiple hop additions to the kettle as well as a large "hop back" to give the bitterness and aroma a start. Plenty of dry hops finish it off and give a big hop bouquet.
Draft & 22oz bottles.
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4.25/5  rDev -3%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours deep, elegant gold into my Delirium tulip glass, leaving about half an inch of foam which quickly resigned to a ring around the glass. Smells of pine and citrus, some bready malts, but I honestly felt that the taste is more explicit than the aroma. Taste smacks of resinous pine and pleasingly bitter citrus rind - a true to form west coast IPA, but is nicely balanced by a bready malt which finishes dry and punishes, in a good way, the palate with a wave of bitterness letting you experience pure hoppiness in its full glory.

Overall, this is worth the hunt. So far from the IPA tastings from Alpine I have noticed that their beers tend to run on the 'classy' side rather than being too in your face and aggressive. The assertive hop character is just perfect for the style, and not overwhelming or distracting from actual flavor. Highly recommended.

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5/5  rDev +14.2%

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4/5  rDev -8.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -25.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -3%

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4.44/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of bjohnson
4.45/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to JahNoth for sending this hop monster my way.

A: Very cloudy yellowish straw color with a big pillow like frothy monster of a head. Measures about 2 fingers leaving thick sticky white spider web lacing. Big time retention. Looks tiptop.
S: Citrus and pine hop notes blend very well together. Orange and lemon zest fruityness. Malty profile comes through if you give the glass a decent swirl. Sweet and spicy notes also present.
T/M: Both the hop and malt profile emerge with avengence. Floral and fruity hop notes say hello to the tastebuds. Big maltyness follows the hops with an above average thick body. Sugary sweet and chewy, but not oily and resiny like other double IPA's I've had--it's more crisp. Sharp fizzy carbonation followed by a slightly dry floral-like finish and aftertaste.
D: Damn drinkable. Slightly carbonated for my tastes and I'd like to try it on draft--not a knock. Bigger hop notes in the aroma but with a good balance in the flavors. Highly drinkable and one that I'd have any day.

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4/5  rDev -8.7%

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4.35/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Notes taken from this weekend. Nice to see some Pure Hop hitting the shelves again!

*Poured into my Alpine pint naturally

A: Pours a shiny golden brass-like pale that is super clear and bubbly. my first had a fizzy little head to it but second pour offered up a much creamier 2 finger tan foam. Clingy lace.

S: Aroma is a nice stingy pungent pine resin with some sweet citrus rinds and grapefruit oils. Quite tangy and lingers after the pour.

T: Tastes of delicious caramel hoppiness! Some deep danky pine hops for sure but this brew also has a very pronounced sweet caramel toffee malt character to it. Although it seems well attenuated in that the finish is light, dry, and crisp without cloying. Nice juicy bursts of citrus and exotic fruits throughout. Bittered ever so nicely on the tongue. Slightly warming.

M: Overall creamy texture with a lighter body and a deifinte residual stickiness on the palate. Hops bitter and pucker out the kisser.

D: It's so hoppy and delicously sweet that the drinkibility is quite high for this DIPA. Big hop punch with a big caramel malt presence that is packed into a light to med bodied ale.

I am not a fan of overly sweet IPA's at all and while Pure has that definite caramel candy sugarness it pulls up dry and light in finish making it all work. Really toting the line. While still a tad on the sweeter side for my personal preference this brew is nicely hopped to counter. Not my fav Alpine offering but a great one to have for sure!

Drink Alpine or go to bed!

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4.25/5  rDev -3%

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4.25/5  rDev -3%

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3.75/5  rDev -14.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -3%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

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4.3/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle thanks to ScottO!

A: A bright golden color with a huge, creamy white head.
S: Huge citrus aroma at first. This differs from Duet because it has more of a pine resin aroma and a scent of caramel. A bit floral as well.
T: Big pine resin at first, followed by caramel and citrus. Grapefruit, tangerine, peach and some light floral flavors. This is a lot more bitter than Duet.
M: Medium bodied with above average carbonation.
O: Fantastic IPA, but I'll give the edge to Duet. Extremely drinkable pair of IPAs.

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4.25/5  rDev -3%

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4.25/5  rDev -3%

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4.25/5  rDev -3%

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3.96/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle picked up at South Bay Drugs.

Pours hazy yellow. Great bubbly white head.

Aroma was a bit off with hints of garlic and onion along with some lemon and grapefruit. Dry grassy notes as it warmed

Flavor was a decent balance of sweetness with hops, but nothing exceptional. I may have been tainted since I was blown away by Duet, but this didn't have anything special.

Mouthfeel was medium body, good carb, and nothing wrong with how it went down.

Overall, this is a very drinkable DIPA and I would easily buy this again if I had access, but Duet worked better for me.

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4.4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Nice two head pour, beautiful gold & rustic appearance, head held up well for an IPA.

S: Big pine resins

T: Very sweet front, piney, clean finish

M: Perfect viscosity, excellent carbonation.

D: High end DIPA, definitely in the class with the big boys...highly recommended if you are a hop head.

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4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

Pure Hoppiness from Alpine Beer Company
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